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Police union sues LAPD over SWAT changes

March 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The union that represents the Los Angeles Police Department's officers is suing the department over changes to the swat unit. Friday the union filed an unfair employee relations claim saying it was not consulted before the standards were changed, as required by law.

In a confidential report made public by the L.A. Times, police chief William Bratton and a panel of experts concluded that the testing to become a SWAT member should be changed to make it more open to women.

"They're all entitled to their opinion," said Bratton. "We as a department, continually seek to take a look at what we do, see if there's ways to improve it."

The union says it is against any changes that may weaken the unit.

The Times reports wives of current SWAT members say they do not want changes that could compromise their husbands' safety.


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